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  • Indians Compete in Limon Badger Invitational

    On Saturday, December 8. the St. Francis High School Wrestling team competed in the Badger Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Limon, Colorado. The Indians placed 16th as a team scoring 37 points. Four Indians placed in the top four places in their respective weight divisions. Those placing included Garin Cooper 4th at 120 pounds, Tiernan Poling 2nd at 132, Shadryon Blanka 4th at 170, and Luin Norris 3rd at 220.

    Fowler won the tournament scoring 161.5 team points. Burlington placed 2nd with 86 points, and Rye earned 3rd with 82. The remainder of the teams placed in the following order:  4th-Peyton 79.0, 5th-Rawlins County 78.0, 6th-Swink 76.0, 7th-Yuma 75.0, 8th-Akron 71.0, 9th (tie)-County Line 69.0, 9th (tie)-Sedgwick County-Fleming 69.0, 11th-Lyons 58.5, 12th-Crowley County 57.0, 13th-Merino 51.0, 14th-Holly 42.0, 15th-Kiowa 37.5, 16th-St. Francis 37.0, 17th-Cheyenne Wells 32.0, 18th-Wiggins 25.0, 19th-Calhan 24.0, 20th-Limon 18.0, 21st (tie)-Byers 14.0, 21st (tie)-Stratton 14.0, 23rd-Simla 9.5, and 24th-Miami-Yoder 5.0.

    Limon Badger Invitational Results for St. Francis wrestlers:
    106 - Perla Yanez (1-6) place scored 3.00 team points. Click here to view bracket.
        Champ. Round 1 - Iley Tuttle (Peyton) 4-5 won by fall over Perla Yanez 1-6 (Fall 1:31)
        Cons. Round 1 - Perla Yanez 1-6 won by fall over Federico Guzman (Rye) 0-4 (Fall 3:30)
        Cons. Round 2 - Kellen Kappel (Limon) 6-3 won by fall over Perla Yanez 1-6 (Fall 0:27)

    120 - Aaron White (0-4) scored 0.00 team points. Click here to view bracket.
        Champ. Round 1 - Christopher Gamboa (Burlington) 6-1 won by fall over Aaron White 0-4 (Fall 1:45)
        Cons. Round 1 - Eddie Hanson (Rawlins County) 2-4 won by fall over Aaron White 0-4 (Fall 3:33)

    120 - Garin Cooper (5-3) placed 4th. Click here to view bracket.
        Champ. Round 1 - Garin Cooper 5-3 won by fall over Colton Whiting (County Line) 1-4 (Fall 1:46)
        Quarterfinal - Austin Crum (Holly) 6-2 won by fall over Garin Cooper 5-3 (Fall 2:34)
        Cons. Round 2 - Garin Cooper 5-3 won by fall over Eddie Hanson (Rawlins County) 2-4 (Fall 0:52)
        Cons. Round 3 - Garin Cooper 5-3 won by major decision over Ricardo Vidales (Kiowa) 5-4 (MD 9-1)
        Cons. Semi - Garin Cooper 5-3 won by fall over Cutler Hampton (Fowler) 2-4 (Fall 2:03)
        3rd Place Match - Austin Crum (Holly) 6-2 won by rule over Garin Cooper 5-3 (RULE)

    132 - Tiernan Poling (4-3) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points. Click here to view bracket.
        Champ. Round 1 - Tiernan Poling 4-3 won by fall over Seth Bergsma (Calhan) 0-2 (Fall 1:45)
        Quarterfinal - Tiernan Poling 4-3 won by fall over Colton Murray (Peyton) 10-2 (Fall 2:50)
        Semifinal - Tiernan Poling 4-3 won by fall over Seth Dorrenbacher (Akron) 7-3 (Fall 6:45)
        1st Place Match - Adam Nolte (Swink) 8-0 won by tech fall over Tiernan Poling 4-3 (TF-1.5 0:00 (16-0))

    145 - Tyson Poling (0-4) scored 0.00 team points. Click here to view bracket.
        Champ. Round 1 - Cody Jacobsen (Burlington) 7-1 won by fall over Tyson Poling 0-4 (Fall 2:10)
        Cons. Round 1 - Tyson Poling 0-4 received a bye Christian Ptolemy (Swink) 2-4 (Bye)
        Cons. Round 2 - Jaden Harris (Crowley County) 7-2 won by fall over Tyson Poling 0-4 (Fall 4:00)

    170 - Shadyron Blanka (3-4) scored 11.00 team points. Click here to view bracket.
        Champ. Round 1 - Shadyron Blanka 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
        Quarterfinal - Derrick Poss (Akron) 10-2 won by fall over Shadyron Blanka 3-4 (Fall 1:04)
        Cons. Round 2 - Shadyron Blanka 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
        Cons. Round 3 - Shadyron Blanka 3-4 won by fall over Joseph Muniz (Merino) 2-4 (Fall 1:22)
        Cons. Semi - Shadyron Blanka 3-4 won by fall over Thomas Goeritz (Fowler) 5-4 (Fall 4:59)
        3rd Place Match - Derrick Poss (Akron) 10-2 won by fall over Shadyron Blanka 3-4 (Fall 2:18)

    170 - Cody Baxter (3-3) Click here to view bracket.
        Champ. Round 1 - Cody Baxter 3-3 received a bye () (Bye)
        Quarterfinal - Thomas Goeritz (Fowler) 5-4 won by fall over Cody Baxter 3-3 (Fall 3:44)
        Cons. Round 2 - Manny Tena (Yuma) 2-4 won by forfeit over Cody Baxter 3-3 (For.)

    220 - Luin Norris (6-3) placed 3rd. Click here to view bracket.
        Quarterfinal - Luin Norris 6-3 won by fall over Jasper Smith (Fowler) 1-2 (Fall 0:50)
        Semifinal - Brayden Dillingham (Calhan) 3-0 won by fall over Luin Norris 6-3 (Fall 0:54)
        Cons. Semi - Luin Norris (St. Francis) 6-3 won by fall over Seth Hilt 1-4 (Fall 0:32)
        3rd Place Match - Luin Norris 6-3 won by fall over Wryle Swim (Byers) 4-3 (Fall 1:14)

    220 - Seth Hilt (1-4) scored 1.00 team points. Click here to view bracket.
        Quarterfinal - Wryle Swim (Byers) 4-3 won by fall over Seth Hilt 1-4 (Fall 1:14)
        Cons. Round 1 - Seth Hilt 1-4 won by decision over Chris Carneal (Miami-Yoder) 3-4 (Dec 10-6)
        Cons. Semi - Luin Norris 6-3 won by fall over Seth Hilt (St. Francis) 1-4 (Fall 0:32)

    The Indians will compete in the Wray Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, December 16th. Wrestling begins at 10:15 a.m C.T.

    Coach Dylan Loyd submitted the following comments:

    Coach’s Awards:

    Most Exciting Match - Tiernan Poling pinning Dorrenbacher of Akron in overtime to make the finals

    Coach’s Award - Garin Cooper and Shadyron Blanka

    Practice Wrestler - Trayton Doyle

    Key Match Award - Shadyron Blanka pinning Goeritz of Fowler guaranteeing his first high school varsity medal.

    Most Outstanding Wrestler:  The St. Francis coaching staff has selected Garin Cooper, Tiernan Poling, Shadyron Blanka, and Luin Norris as Co-Wrestlers of the week. All four of these young men wrestled very well over the weekend and continue to do what it takes to get better each and every day. 

    Coach’s Comments:

    "This was the fourth year now that we have traveled to Limon to compete in the Limon Badger Invitational. It always makes for a long day, but I like this tournament because of the different competition that we get to see. We have our schedule set up to where at the beginning of the season here we like to wrestle against different schools that we won’t see as we go through the year. This tournament has a lot of teams and every bracket typically is a full 16-man bracket. Our kids have the opportunity to get a lot of matches, and at the beginning of the year that is crucial. Our focus has always been on getting our core technique shown early here and slowly building to get to where we need to be as we get closer to regionals. Each week we talk to the kids about seeing improvement from week to week. This week, we had several kids make their way onto the podium by showing a lot of grit and tenacity to win some hard-fought matches. There have been a lot of improvements that have been made from last week to this week, and that’s always encouraging. That is definitely something that we can build on. The effort is there, their willingness to compete is there, and I am excited to see where we go from here. One thing I really enjoyed seeing from a coaching perspective is the fact that this group has fun. It was fun to watch them interact amongst one another and watch them encourage each other. We talk an awful lot about love in our practice room and that is the foundation behind all good teams. This group has a genuine love for one another and I am grateful to be a part of it.

    Individually, Perla Yanez has been a joy. She broke down a barrier here and is the first female wrestler St. Francis wrestling has ever had. She really did a good job this weekend and I’m very proud of her. She was able to pick up a very crucial pin in a pretty contested match. She’s really starting to develop her own style and has really come a long way since last season. Aaron White had two tough matches and just continues to battle. His last match was definitely one he was in position to win and just made a couple of mistakes that put him in some bad positions. Very important for him to learn from those mistakes and really be disciplined on correcting them in the practice room. Garin Cooper really had another good day. In his first two weeks of high school wrestling he has been able to bring home two medals. He has improved by leaps and bounds and it all comes down to his willingness to just work hard. He listens extremely well, is very coachable, and you couple those things with his work ethic and you have yourself a pretty good combination of attributes you need to be successful. Tiernan Poling did a really good job this weekend of battling. He dominated his way to his semi-final match and was able to beat a pretty dang tough kid to make the finals. He really has come along way in the past year. His confidence really is starting to show but, I still don’t know if he quite knows how good he is. I truly believe he can wrestle with anyone, and I look forward to continuing to watch him grow. Tyson Poling had another weekend where I would have loved to of seen him have a different draw. You look at the results and see him go 0-2 but, it really doesn’t tell the whole story. Both kids he lost to were really tough kids. Had he been put in another place on the bracket he would have had 2-3 wins this weekend. What I love about Tyson though is he never gets down on himself. He just has a great attitude, and he really is getting better. Cody Baxter didn’t have the day I know he would have liked to have had. He really just didn’t wrestle very well, but it’s crucial for him to learn from this. Cody is a very talented young man with a very unique skillset. I still don’t know if he truly knows how good he is but, its crucial for him to have that confidence in himself. Shadyron Blanka had a really good day and he wrestled very well. My hope for him after the success he had this weekend is that it opened his eyes up a bit. I’ve always felt like he has the ability to compete with the upperclassmen in this weight class. He has a lot of experience and that goes a long way in this sport. Confidence is huge for him and after this weekend he should be feeling pretty good about where he’s at and where he can potentially go. Seth Hilt had a tough day. He had a tough draw, and just made a couple of minor mistakes that he will fix. Seth is a good kid, he’s a hard worker, and he just needs to get a little more self-confidence. In the match he won, you could see him wrestle with more of a purpose and with confidence. He just needs to get to the point mentally where every time he steps out on the mat he’s just going to battle and fight in every single position. We know he will keep working hard and give you his very best every day and that’s all we ask. Luin Norris really has come a long way, and he really has started to believe in himself.  He was the best kid in this weight class this weekend, and I would have loved to have seen him come home with a championship. In his semi-final match, he made a costly mistake that put him right on his back and anytime your competing on a higher weight class it makes it very difficult to fight off your back. Thankfully, he responded well and was able to end his tournament with two falls.

    This week we will travel to Wray to compete in the Bob Smith Invitational. We have gone to this tournament for years and it is always a good one to end our “pre-season” on. This will be our last time to compete before the Christmas break so, it will be very important for us to clean up some mistakes and go into break with some momentum. We need to continue to focus on getting better every day and continue to work hard to build up our conditioning, both physical and mental. With it being close to home we hope to have a lot of fan support up in Wray."

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    Lady Indians Earn 2nd in Sagebrush Invitational

    The Lady Indians placed second in the Sagebrush Shootout Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 9. The Lady Indians were defeated by a good Golden Plains team in the championship game 51-29. The Lady Indians suffered from numerous turnovers resulting in many open possessions throughout the contest. Defending Golden Plains' fine junior guard, Kaycee Miller, also proved difficult. Miller scored 16 points and also accounted for many assists as well as providing good defensive intensity and ball-control throughout the evening.

    Hanna Bracelin won the girls free-throw and three-point shooting contests at the tournament. Hanna was also selected to the five-player All-Tournament Team selected at the conclusion of the tournament. Congratulations, Hanna!

    St. Francis never led in the contest, and both teams found it difficult to score in the early minutes. Golden Plains earned the first basket of the contest, a jumpshot by Kaycee Miller in the lane. After a St. Francis free-throw, Miller added 2 free-throws of her own to lead 1-4. Hanna Bracelin's assist lead to a left-wing score by Lauren Johnson, but Noel Ritter (5' 8" Jr.) answered with an offensive rebound basket. With 2:55 remaining in the first period, Bracelin drained a trey (assist Taighe Weeter) tying the game at 6-all. Golden Plains' (GP) freshman Ashley Stoll (5' 8") score from the post was answered by a Weeter basket (assist Lindsey Johnson). It was the last time the game would be tied. A driving score by Miller and a fast-break bucket earned Golden Plains an 8-12 advantage after one quarter of play.

    Baskets by Ashley Stoll (post) and Noel Ritter (press offense; plus one) moved the score to 8-17 and triggered a St. Francis time-out at 5:47 of the second period. After the time-out, Taighe Weeter drained a left-wing trey for St. Francis. The trey was answered by a trey by Brook Stoll (5' 5" freshman) at the opposite end of the court. As the turnovers mounted, St. Francis attempted to re-group using another time-out at 2:51. The Lady Indians would not score again in the first half. Kaycee Miller added two driving scores to the Lady Bulldogs side of the scoreboard in the final minutes of the half. St. Francis trailed 11-24 at halftime.

    The Lady Indians scored ten points in the third period nearly matching their first half total, but the Lady Bulldogs continued to widen the margin. Taighe Weeter's driving score opened the third period scoring. Noel Ritter followed with a shot from the the elbow. A top-of-the-key trey by Lauren Johnson reduced the deficit to ten points (16-26), but soon GP added another Miller drive and a Ritter score on press offense. Johnson's second trey of the quarter helped, but she received her 4th foul soon after and left the contest. The Lady Bulldogs soon earned a score by Maggi Nieman (5' 7" Sr.), a free-throw and post basket by Ritter, a free-throw by Mabel Lugo (5' 8" So.), and a right-wing basket by Amande Cheney (5' 5" Jr.). The outburst placed the Lady Indians at a 19-38 deficit. Free-throws by Emma Johnson and Lindsey Johnson closed the third period. St. Francis trailed 21-38.

    Another post basket by GP to open the final period was answered by consecutive free-throws by Hanna Bracelin. A 6:51, Miller was fouled on a three-point attempt and sank all three tries. After an exchange of free-throws, GP's Kaylei Schaben (5' 10" Sr.) scored on a stick-back basket. Golden Plains widened the margin to 24 points (28-24) on another post basket near the four-minute mark. An assist by Lauren Johnson set up a right-wing score by Emma Johnson moments later. Ritter then added a free-throw and a offensive rebound basket after the Lady Indians allowed an offensive rebound after a free-throw. The margin widened to 51-26. Taighe Weeter added a free-throw and Hannah Zimbal an out-of-bounds play score in the closing moments. St. Francis lost to a good Golden Plains team 51-29.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Taighe Weeter with 9 points. Lauren Johnson added 8 and Hanna Bracelin 6.  Others scoring for the Lady Indians were Emma Johnson 3, Hannah Zimbal 2, and Lindsey Johnson 1. St. Francis was good on 7 of 12 from the charity stripe.

    Noel Ritter scored 17 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Kaycee Miller scored 16 points, Kaylie Schaben added 6 and Maggi Neiman 5. Golden Plains made 11 of 18 from the line.

    The Lady Indians will play Dundy County/Stratton, in Benkelman, on Friday, December 15th.

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    Indians Win Second Place in Sagebrush Shootout

    The Indians suffered through one of their coldest shooting nights in memory on Saturday, December 9th. It was a poor time to have an off-shooting evening as the Logan Trojans were a formidable opponent. The Trojans worked hard defensively, possessed good offensive skills, and aggressively crashed the boards. The Indians gave outstanding effort also, but just could not overcome some early shooting woes. St. Francis lost to a good Logan team in the championship contest 48-51.

    Two Indians won individual honors at the tournament. Brady Dinkel won the boys free-throw contest. Brady sank 19 of 25 in the finals to earn the win. Brady made 24 of 25 in the qualifying round. Tate Busse made 16 treys (in a minute) to win the boys three-point contest. Tate was also selected to the five-man All Tournament Team. Congratulations, Brady and Tate!

    St. Francis hit two early treys in the contest, one by Brady Dinkel and one by Tate Busse. The shots gave the Indians an early 6-0 lead. Then, the Indians began to struggle offensively, getting good looks at the basket, but failing to convert. Logan earned the next three baskets, a post-move bucket by Nicheal Daniels (6' 0" Jr.), a driving score by Riley Allen (6' 1" Sr.) after an Indian turnover, and a post basket by Allen. St. Francis would regain the lead on a free-throw by Dalton Straub, but the advantage would be short-lived. Four more points by Allen (offensive rebound and two free-throws), put the Trojans ahead for good. Richard Johnson scored on an offensive rebound for the Indians in the closing moments of the first quarter. St. Francis trailed 9-10 at the first quarter break.

    Dalton Straub opened the second period on what appeared to be a very strong post move basket. The basket was canceled due to a foul on Logan. Daniels then added another post basket, and Colton Greving (6' 3' Sr.) went coast-to-coast after securing a rebound to give the Trojans a 5-point lead (9-14). At 5:26, Logan used their first time-out. Tate Busse then added 1 of 2 from the line. After several minutes of unrewarded effort by both teams, Allen scored on another offensive rebound. St. Francis took a time-out at 2:56 trailing 10-16. Logan increased the lead to ten points (10-20) with the addition of a post basket by Daniels and drive by Lane Stapelton (6' 0" Sr.). Richard Johnson earned a pair of free-throws by working hard on the offensive boards late in the period. Stapelton's free-throw line jumper was the final score of the half. St. Francis did not score a basket in the second period as the Indians' shooting woes continued. St. Francis trailed at halftime 12-22.

    Logan took a time-out very early in the third period to discuss strategy. The Indians shooting was much improved in the third period. Tate Busse opened with a top-of-the-key trey. Greving answered with a high-post jumper and a free-throw. At 5:13, the lights in the west side of the gymnasium went out and a delay of approximately 10 minutes occurred until play was resumed. Busse scored consecutive baskets (coast-to-coast drive; baseline drive) narrowing the margin to 19-26. Logan responded with three consecutive baskets; a left-corner trey by Greving, a right-wing trey by Trey Kats (5' 9" So.), and an offensive rebound basket by Allen. The flurry increased the margin to 19-34. The run ended after back-to-back free-throws by Dalton Straub. Greving's next shot swished from the left corner increasing the Trojan's lead to sixteen (21-37). Brady Dinkel's assist set up another Busse trey from the top-of-the key, and Adam Krien made basket on a strong drive to the goal. At the end of three quarters, St. Francis trailed 26-39 after the addition of a Greving baseline drive.

    The Indians continued to play hard in the final period and nearly earned an exciting come-from-behind victory. Tate Busse's right-wing trey opened the final period and trimmed the margin to 10 points. A steal by Adam Krien set up a score by Dalton Straub on a Busse assist. With 6:27 remaining, Logan called time-out to regroup leading 31-39. After returning to the floor, the Trojans were whistled for a three-second violation giving St. Francis the basketball. The Indians failed to score on the possession. At 5:43, Kats scored for Logan on a drive. Richard Johnson answered with an offensive rebound basket. A lane basket by Stapelton was followed by a deep top-of-the key trey by Busse (36-43). Logan responded with consecutive baskets; a coast-to-coast drive by Stapelton and a post-move bucket by Allen (36-47). Straub followed with a right elbow basket (assist Busse), but Daniels scored from the post on the opposite end. Busse's trey at 1:55 trimmed the margin to 40-49, and Brady Dinkel's trey from the right corner on the next Indian possession (1:30) gave the Indians hope (43-49). Logan called time-out with 1:29 left in the game. Five seconds after returning to the floor, the Indians fouled Daniels. Nichael stepped to the line and calmly sank both attempts. Straub's left-wing trey at 1:02 narrowed the spread to 46-51. Seconds later, Logan committed a turnover, and St. Francis called time-out with 50 seconds remaining. Busse's driving basket soon moved the Indians within three (48-51). Needing to preserve the clock for offense, St. Francis fouled Stapelton with 28 seconds left. Lane missed the first shot of the one-and-one, and Straub secured the rebound. At the other end, a shot attempt by Straub failed, Logan rebounded, and the Indians fouled with 11 ticks left. Again, the Trojans missed the front-end of a one-and-one, and Straub rebounded the basketball. With 8 seconds left. St. Francis called time-out to discuss strategy. Busse's shot from the left corner rimmed out. The Trojans defeated the Indians 48-51.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Tate Busse with 28 points. Dalton Straub added 10, Richard Johnson 6, Brady Dinkel 6, and Adam Krien 2. St. Francis was 6 of 8 from the free-throw line.

    Logan had three players score in double figures: Colton Greving 14, Riley Allen 14, and Nichael Daniels 10. The Trojans made 4 of 6 from the line.

    St. Francis will play Dundy County / Stratton on Friday, December 15th, in Benkelman.

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  • Junior High Girls Defeat Greeley County

    The junior high girls basketball teams traveled to Tribune on Thursday, December 7, to play the Greeley County Lady Jackrabbits. The Lady Indians returned with two more wins. The A-team defeated Greeley County by a score of 37-16. The B-team won 25-7.

    St. Francis jumped out to a 10-2 lead after one quarter of play in the A-team contest. The Lady Indians blew the game open in the second period scoring 19 points. In the second period, St. Francis received four points each from Ellee Krien and Jordan Faulkender and 9 from Talexa Weeter. The Lady Indians led 29-6 at halftime.

    The scoring slowed in the second half as many Lady Indians shared playing time. St. Francis led 32-14 after three quarters of play and won the contest 37-16.

    St. Francis made 4 of 9 from the stripe while Greeley County connected on 2 of 8 in the game. M. Chin-Reynaldo led the Lady Rabbits with 10 points.

    Scoring for St. Francis in the A-team game were Talexa Weeter 17, Jordan Faulkender 7, Ellee Krien 6, Rian Zimbal 3, McKenna Poling 2, and Jesslynn Houtman 2.

    In B-team action, St. Francis led 4-0 after one period and 10-0 at halftime. The Lady Rabbits scored 5 points in the third period, but the Lady Indians increased their advantage to 13 points (18-5) by the quarter break. St. Francis added 7 points to their total in the final stanza while holding the Lady Rabbits to one basket. St. Francis defeated Greeley County 25-7.

    Nine players scored for St. Francis in the B-team contest. Bailey Workman and Molly Gilliland each scored 4 points to lead the Lady Indians. Others scoring for St. Francis included Janie Ramirez 3, Makaila Matthies 3, Anglela Ramirez 3, Jesslynn Houtman 2, Hadleigh Hilt 2, Miah Hackney 2, and Dani Broughman 2. The Lady Indians made 3 of 9 attempts from the free-throw line.

    K. Woelk led Greeley County with 4 points. The Lady Rabbits made 1 of 4 from the stripe.

    The junior high girls will play Goodland, in Goodland, on Tuesday December 12.

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  • JH Boys Split Games in Tribune

    The junior high boys basketball teams split their games with Greeley County in Tribune on Thursday, December 7. The A-team Indians lost to the home-standing Jackrabbits 16-55. The B-team Indians defeated Greeley County 49-17.

    The A-team contest was "over" early as Greeley County jumped out to a 0-29 1st-quarter lead. In the period, Tikes Sherer scored 15 of Greeley County's 29. St. Francis received a basket each from Ben Busse, Colton Raile, and Jordan Smull in the second period, but trailed 6-39 at halftime. 

    Preston Witzel drained two treys in the third period to account to all of the Indians scoring during the quarter. St. Francis trailed 12-49 at the third quarter break. Garrett Helton and Ben Busse each added a basket in the final period for the Indians. St. Francis lost to Greeley County 16-55.

    Scoring for St. Francis in the A-team contest were:  Preston Witzel 6, Ben Busse 4, Garrett Helton 2, Colton Raile 2, and Jordan Smull 2. St. Francis did not attempt a free-throw in the contest.

    Titus Sherer led Greeley County with 19 points. Jason Brandl scored 14 and Cade Mangon 12. The Jackrabbits shot two free-throws converting zero.

    In B-team action, St. Francis received 7 points from Preston Witzel in the opening quarter and led 12-10 at the break. Ben Busse chipped in 6 of the Indians' 8 second quarter points to allow the Indians to lead 20-14 at halftime.

    In the third period, St. Francis widened the margin to 36-17. Witzel scored 10 points in the quarter. The Indians did not allow a basket in the final period while scoring 13 (9 by Witzel). St. Francis defeated Greeley County 49-17 in the B-team contest.

    Scoring for St. Francis in the game were:  Preston Witzel 26, Ben Busse 14, Colton Raile 6, and Garrett Helton 3. The Indians made 0 of 2 from the line.

    Jesse Smith led Greeley County with 6 points (getting 5 in the 1st period). The Rabbits made 4 of 9 from the free-throw line.

    The Indians will compete in the Northwest Kansas League Junior High Basketball Tournament in Quinter beginning on Thursday, December 14.

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    Junior High Boys Basketball Tournament Information

    The Northwest Kansas League Junior High Boys Basketball Tournament will be held in Quinter on Thursday, December 14, and Saturday, December 16. The tournament will be competed in two divisions;  A-team and B-team. The seeding was completed on Friday, December 8.

    In the A-team division, St. Francis was seeded 7th with a record of 2-6. The A-team will play Hoxie at 2:15 p.m. in the Varisty Gym in Quinter on Thursday, December 14. The results of the A-team seeding were: 1 - Greeley County 9-1; 2 - Hoxie 6-1; 3 - Decatur Community 5-2; 4 - Quinter 5-3; 5 - Rawlins County 3-5; 6 - Dighton 2-5; 7 - St. Francis 2-6; and 8 - Wallace County 0-8.

    In the B-team division, St. Francis was seeded 1st with a record of 8-0. The B-team will play Wallace County at 1:00 p.m. in the Varsity Gym in Quinter on Thursday, December 14. The results of the B-team seeding were:  1 - St. Francis 8-0; 2 - Quinter 6-2; 3 - Rawlins County 5-2; 4 - Hoxie 4-3; 5 - Greeley County 3-4; 6 - Decatur Community 2-5; 7 - Dighton 2-5; and 8- Wallace County 0-7.

    A loss in the first round of the tournament eliminates a team from further action. A first-round win insures that the team will play two more games on Saturday, December 16. If the A-team wins their game on Thursday, they will play at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday in the Varsity Gym. If the B-team wins on Thursday, they will play at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday in the Varsity Gym. The opponent(s) will be determined by the outcome of Thursday's contests.

    Click here to view the A-team bracket.

    Click here to view the B-team bracket.

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  • Possible Student Summer Internships to be Offered in St. Francis

    USD 297 is working with Nex-Gen, which is a 501(c)(3) organization that Nex-Tech helped get started in 2013, to establish summer internships in the St. Francis area for high school students aged 16 and older.  The purpose of the internships is to allow students to gain exposure to potential careers they are interested in pursuing once they leave high school and to encourage students to return to northwest Kansas to work and raise their families. 


    Nex-Gen has some grant monies available to help offset the cost of the internships if businesses apply and get accepted to the program before December 31, 2017.  Businesses are also able to self-fund an internship if desired.  Besides being a fantastic opportunity for students, there are unique benefits for businesses that participate as well.  For more information about the program, please go the following URL: https://www.nex-tech.com/Portals/0/COMMUNITY/Nex-Gen_Business-Intern-Request-Application.pdf


    Jacque Beckman from Nex-Gen will be in St. Francis to discuss the program with business owners willing to learn more.  The meeting will be held on December 21, from 11:00-12:30.  If you are interested in attending the meeting, please notify Rob Schiltz or David Morrow at the high school.  The location of the meeting will be announced when we know the approximate number of attendees.

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St. Francis 100 College Street St. Francis, KS  67756

Superintendent's Office: 785-332-8182 High School Office: 785-332-8153 Elementary Office: 785-332-8143

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